Growing in Grace- Links 3/30

A collection of links from around the web this week to encourage you in your growth! Click the links below.

Keep it Simple: Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves is Two-Sided

“When the music swells, when the blood boils, when we’re sure we’ve been wronged, Jesus’ expectation seems like a pipe dream. Love might bear, believe, hope and endure all things—but surely not these things.”

Don’t Waste Your Mornings

“Let the first words out of your mouth while still on your pillow be a cry to God saying, ‘I need you again today.’”

U.S. Church Attendance May be Declining, but Not Among Evangelicals

“Many have spoken as if evangelicals are disappearing from the American religious landscape. According to analysis of the data from the General Social Survey, however, the share of Americans who attend an evangelical Protestant church has been consistent for the past 20 years.”

The Holy Spirit is Not Pixie Dust

“How many of us are trying to live our days—today, even—in our own power? How many of us need “a peek behind the curtain to the reality of [our] inner lives” (xvi)? Wilson draws back the proverbial curtain, revealing our need for the Holy Spirit and exposing our oft-mistaken understanding of what his power looks like in practice.”

Spiritual Warfare: An Examination

“Paul conjures up images of a war, but this war is unlike any great battle that mankind has faced in some field or with tangible weapons.  This battle is spiritual.  Paul alludes to this again when he says that we are not fighting in the flesh nor are the “weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  There is a battle raging and you and I are right in the midst of it.”

Costi Hinn- Defining Deception: Freeing the Church from the Mystical-Miracle Movement

In this podcast, Dave Jenkins talks with Costi Hinn about his book Defining Deception: Freeing the Church from the Mystical-Miracle Movement. Costi Hinn is the nephew of Benny Hinn, but he writes against the Word of Faith movement he was formerly involved in. You can see his article about it here.

Communion With Our Eyes Wide Open

“In light of our keen focus on the institution, instruction, and meaning of the Lord’s Supper, it is increasingly important we remain aware of the context in which the directives were given.”

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